After hearing the gospel explained, people often say, “You mean there’s nothing I can do to deserve it? That’s too easy.” People object to the idea that God gives unmerited favor so freely to unworthy sinners. Many find it difficult to trust a God who offers salvation as a free gift.
Bible teacher G. Campbell Morgan told of a coalminer who came to him and said, “I would give anything to believe that God would forgive my sins, but I cannot believe that He will forgive them if I just ask Him. It is too cheap.” Morgan said, “My dear friend, have been working today?” “Yes, I was down in the mine.” How did you get out of the pit? Did you pay?” “Of course not. I just got into the cage and was pulled to the top.” “Were you not afraid to entrust yourself to the cage? Was it too cheap?” Morgan asked. “Oh, no,” said the miner, “it was cheap for me, but it cost the company a lot of money to sink the shaft.” Suddenly, the truth struck him. What cost him nothing – salvation – had not come cheap to God. This miner had never thought of the great price God paid His Son so He could rescue fallen humanity. Now he realized that all anyone had to do was to “get into the cage” by faith.
Because of God’s grace, salvation is a free gift. But to receive it, we must stop trying to pay for it and start trusting what Christ has done on the cross.
. – Paul R. Van Gorder
Salvation is free to us, but it cost God an enormous price.
- April 9, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread